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Your Vehicle Needs Brake Fluid

Your vehicle cannot stop without brake fluid. The fluid is a non-compressible substance in the brake lines. Brake fluid operates under intense pressure. It moves the complex components in the vehicle’s braking system.

There are several types of brake fluids. Brake fluids can be classified as glycol-based or silicone-based. Glycol-based brake fluids are common in vehicles that have anti-lock brake systems. Silicone-based fluids are used in vehicles that do not have anti-lock brakes.  

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Let the Suspension System Steer You Right

A vehicle's suspension system works to deliver a smooth ride by minimizing bumps in the road and improving overall comfort. Signs of a deteriorating suspension system include the decrease in the ability to remain straight while driving and an increase in vehicle vibration and bouncing.

A worn and tired suspension system can negatively affect the safety and function of a vehicle. A shock and struck replacement or servicing can work to improve the suspension in your vehicle and deliver a smoother ride. 

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Why You Should Dispel Motor Oil Myths

There are a number of things you need to take into consideration when it comes to your vehicle's routine maintenance and repairs. You need to make sure fluid levels are topped off periodically, including the oil, transmission fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Your brakes should be inspected, and you need air filters and oil filters changed out. These maintenance items contribute to how efficient your vehicle is overall.

When it comes to your motor oil, you may have been given advice at some point that doesn't work for your specific vehicle. 

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Why Do You Have to Wiggle Your Key in the Ignition Switch to Get Your Car to Start?

In your car, the ignition switch is the method by which you start your vehicle. Turning the key in the ignition switch closes the circuit allowing current to flow through the ignition system. If you need to wiggle the key to get the current to flow, then there is a problem that needs to be addressed.

There are two possible problems with your ignition system if you must wiggle your key to get the car to start. When the switch does not turn unless you wiggle the key, then there is excessive wear inside the switch. 

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What is a Differential and Does it Need to be Serviced?

The more you know about your vehicle and all the parts that work together to keep it running properly, the better you can keep your vehicle maintained. And the more regularly your vehicle is serviced, the less time and money you will have to spend on costly repairs.

One of the perhaps lesser known parts of your vehicle is the differential, and you will usually find it between either the front or back tires underneath your car. The differential is a box with gears, and its job is to help deliver power to the drive wheels. 

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Reading Your Tire Sizes and Tire Pressure

Do you know what kind of tires you have? You mave have picked out the brand, but there are a string of numbers that mean different things on the tire than you'd expect. Tire sizes are not easy to understand with all of the different letters and numbers. However, if you look at the beginning of the string, the letter P will tell you that it is a P-metric tire, which means that it was made to meet the quality restrictions imposed in the United States for passenger vehicles.

However, if there are no letters in the beginning, then…

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Learn Motor Oil Viscosity Rating Basics

As a responsible driver, you surely know that periodic oil changes extend your engine's life, but you may not understand motor oil viscosity ratings. We can help at the Bowman Auto Center in Clarkston, MI!

To decipher viscosity ratings, you must first understand viscosity. In short, viscosity measures a liquid's resistance to flow. If we tip a dish of water, that water will instantly move. Thus, water has low viscosity. Now, consider molasses. If you tip its container, molasses reacts slowly. 

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Make Sure That Your Vehicle Is Properly Serviced Before Towing!

Proper preparations are important before towing, in order to make sure that your vehicle is up to the task, as well as ensuring the safety of everyone on the streets of Clarkston, MI, including yourself. Considering safety is one of the most important aspects of towing, and there are a number of aspects that warrant consideration.

It's always recommended that you take your vehicle in for a safety inspection prior to towing, just in case any surprises crop up. Before towing, you'll also want to make sure that your load isn't imbalanced. 

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Pinpoint Road Hazards Easily by Maintaining Each Headlight

The bulbs underneath a headlight frame are designed with efficient technology that can effectively illuminate the surroundings on the road. However, when sunlight shines on the main housing, a yellowish stain can develop on the plastic material. Once enough flaws generate on a headlight, the beam won't shine through the housing properly.

In order to pinpoint road hazards while driving in dim environments, you must maintain your headlights so that the intensity of the illumination doesn't decrease. 

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